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Video game news, reviews and commentary with Gazette reporter Jake Magee.
Press Start: The good and bad of The Game Awards 2017
Press Start: The good and bad of The Game Awards 2017
The Game Awards returned last week with a cringey, much-too-long but overall enjoyable show, writes Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee.
Press Start: 'Star Wars Battlefront II's' greed robs the fun
Press Start: 'Star Wars Battlefront II's' greed robs the fun
Once again, a progression system centered around microtransactions has ruined an otherwise enjoyable video game, Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee writes.
Press Start: ‘Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds’ is a welcome return to Aloy's adventure
Press Start: ‘Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds’ is a welcome return to Aloy's adventure
"Horizon Zero Dawn" is one of the year's best games, and "The Frozen Wilds" is a worthy addition to an already incredible experience, writes Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee.
‘Call of Duty: WWII’ not a series revival
‘Call of Duty: WWII’ not a series revival
Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee was happy to dive back into a first-person shooter with a real global conflict as the backdrop, but "Call of Duty: WWII" isn't the series revitalization he was hoping for, he writes.
Press Start: 'Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus' takes two goose steps back
Press Start: 'Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus' takes two goose steps back
"Wolfenstein II" takes a couple steps back when it comes to level design and allowing players to tackle missions how they see fit.
Press Start: ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ plays with power
Press Start: ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ plays with power
"Middle-earth: Shadow of War" expands on the engaging nemesis system that made 2014's "Shadow of Mordor" so fun.
Press Start: The foggy future of microtransactions and single-player games
Press Start: The foggy future of microtransactions and single-player games
"Middle-earth: Shadow of War" is evidence game developers will force microtransactions into single-player games to make them more lucrative, Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee writes.
Press Start: ‘The Evil Within 2’ is horror lite
Press Start: ‘The Evil Within 2’ is horror lite
"The Evil Within 2" might not be nearly as scary as the original, which is a disappointment for a horror game, but it's still a solid third-person action adventure, writes Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee.
Press Start: 'Death of the Outsider' is streamlined 'Dishonored' fun
Press Start: 'Death of the Outsider' is streamlined 'Dishonored' fun
"Dishonored: Death of the Outsider" might not carry the weight of a numerical entry in the "Dishonored" series, but it's nearly as deep and just as fun as previous games in the franchise.
Press Start: Game journalists need to be good at video games
Press Start: Game journalists need to be good at video games
Some game journalists just plain suck at playing video games, and that's a problem for the industry, Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee writes.